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Maison Carree

Address: Place de la Maison Carree, 30000 Nimes, France
Phone Number: +33 (0)4 66 21 82 56
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Ranked #4 of 33 things to do in Nimes
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic sites, Monuments & statues, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: The Maison Carrée in Nimes is the only Roman ancient temple...
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Type: Historic sites, Monuments & statues, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: The Maison Carrée in Nimes is the only Roman ancient temple completely preserved. The inspiration for the design of the Maison Carree came from the temples of Apollo and Mars Ultor in Rome. Inside, a multimedia show immerses visitors into Nimes' heroic past using the the most cutting-edge resources. The visitors become heroes of Nîmes themselves and the Maison Carrée becomes a gateway to the past and history of Nîmes.
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Atlanta, Georgia
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17 reviews 17 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

This is an amazing intact 1 century AD Roman temple. It has never been destroyed and all the walls, columns and roof are intact. You walk in and you really get the feel of the scale of the building and can experience it in many ways as Roman Gauls did. This is one of my favorite ancient places in France.

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Jonestown, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

One of the best preserved Roman temples in existence. When I was here in 1999, it was free, and you could check out the inside as well, granted there wasn't much to see inside. Now you pay to go inside, to ONLY see a movie ( in a made up theatre, you can`t see any of the original inside anymore),... More 

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Lake Forest, California
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66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

Walking just a few blocks from the Arenes des Nimes, (Colosseum), we found ourselves admiring the recently cleaned La Maison Carree Temple. Centuries old grime has been removed to the point where you wonder if this is a new structure. It is beautiful and magnificent. The exterior is very ornate and definitely worth a brief walk around and up the... More 

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France
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101 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

Visited twice (probably with a 20+ year gap in between). Still, for me, absolutely wonderful outside. Don't know what it is; the dimensions, the form, the stone or even the square it sits in. It seems magnificent and, oddly, soothing. (I'm worried I'm going all arty now!). In my mind, ranks as highly as the Pantheon in Rome. Clearly the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

Impressive building and the information boards help to illustrate what the original buildings would have looked like. The Norman Foster designed square includes where pillars would have been. inside the building is used to show a film about Nimes and Roman history which was well made and informative. The film runs every half an hour. We bought a ticket that... More 

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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36 reviews 36 reviews
27 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

You can also view a thirty minute film showcasing the history of the city, emphasizing the Roman origins. However, there's not much else to do here, short of taking some photos of the lovely exterior.

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West Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

we had read that this was not a place with entering and we did not. It is an outstanding piece of Roman architecture patterned after the Temple of Apollo and can be easily view from outside and from each side.

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Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
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21 reviews 21 reviews
8 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

Maison Carree (square house) is a beautiful, classical building dating back to Nime's Roman past. Make sure you take pictures among the impressive columns and steps and also view it at night when it's lit up. The interior is just a large room which shows a well-produced movie about Nimes' history. If you buy the combination pass for the arena,... More 

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Palos Hills, Illinois
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

inside it's just a big movie theater. They play a well-produced and relatively informative film, but it is short and very biased in favor of Roman imperialism, which was kind of funny to me. I kept thinking, "Is this Mafia-produced?"

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Macclesfield, United Kingdom
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

This is just a film show about Roman Nimes but it's very well done. The new Norman Foster gallery opposite fits in well with the original Roman Forum idea.

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